As a small business driven by ethics, we make it a point to support brands that are worker-friendly and sweatshop-free. A large portion of the products in our shop are made in union factories in the EU and Brazil, in strictly regulated worker-friendly factories. Novacas is our in house brand, and we visit the factories in Portugal annually.
We include country of origin and manufacturing details on our product pages to allow customers to make informed decisions about their purchases. We carry only a few brands that are mass-produced in order to provide a lower price point to make vegan shoes accessible for all.
Feel free to drop us a line at [email protected] for additional manufacturing information on any items that you may be interested in.
Many of the shoes we carry, including our house brand Novacas, are made of a high quality microfiber polyurethane that is free of PVC, plastic, and vinyl. This is a woven synthetic that breaks in, stretches, and breathes very similarly to leather or suede. Brands that use this material include Novacas, Good Guys, Bhava, Vegetarian Shoes, and Sydney Brown, among others. These materials are naturally water resistant and durable. Newer sustainable materials like apple leather (made from apple harvest waste) and Pinatex (made from pineapple harvest waste) are utilized as well.
Vegan materials have come a long way and the materials we use in our Novacas brand are more sustainable, less water-intensive, and less chemical-intensive than their leather counterparts. Our materials are EU Ecolabel certified, meaning they adhere to rigorous sustainability practices during the manufacturing process. You can learn more about this qualification here.
Collective Fashion Justice has a great explainer comparing the sustainability of cow leather vs. vegan leather here.
CIRCULAR PRODUCT CYCLE
We focus on carrying well-made quality vegan shoes so that they will last the wearer many years. Most of our shoes can also be economically resoled to add even more years to the shoe. We think of our shoes as investments - when we purchase a vegan shoe from a small company that makes it a point to use quality materials and ethical manufacturing processes, we may have to pay more initially but we're being kinder to the earth and the workers. We're also investing in a shoe that will last longer than a run of the mill "accidentally vegan" shoe.
If you reach a point where you are done with the shoe and they cannot be donated, you can recycle shoes at our NYC shop. If you're out of state and would like to send in shoes for recycling, please email us [email protected] beforehand. We work with a local textile recycling organization, Wearable Collections, to keep old shoes out of the landfill. You are also welcome to recycle leather shoes at our shop, they don't have to be shoes purchased from MooShoes. If you are local to NYC and have shoes in donate-able condition, you can drop them with us and we will donate them to our partners at Safe Horizon to get them to someone in need.